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O's pitching thrashed in 10-3 loss to Athletics

Good pitching comes at a premium, but it has been extremely tough to come by in Baltimore this season.

April 10, 2019 - 11:23 pm

By: Kyle J. Andrews

BALTIMORE — The Oakland Athletics were not too kind to newly-signed Baltimore Orioles pitcher Dan Straily, who made his first start with the club on Wednesday. Baltimore was defeated by the Oakland for a second consecutive game, dropping to them 10-3 in the third game of the series

Straily allowed five runs on eight hits and also gave up two home runs through 3.1 innings. Chad Pinder would hit a solo shot off of Straily in the second inning to center field and Jurickson Profar stung a line drive homer into right field to score Pinder as well in the fourth. In between it all, Marcus Semien scored from a Matt Chapman double and Chapman himself scored on soft single off of the bat of Khris Davis.

Just signed last week, Straily has allowed four home runs in his two appearances (4.2 IP) since joining the Orioles. It was just the second start of his career that he hasn't record a strikeout. The last time came against the Washington Nationals on April 5, 2017. He threw 66 pitches for 39 strikes. He wouldn't be alone in his struggles.

As a pitching staff, the Orioles gave up their five home runs on the day -- currently having allowed 32 home runs on the year. In their first six games at home, they've allowed a whopping 23 home runs. That's not good. They've also allowed 10+ hits for the seventh straight game (11). That's alarming.

Josh Rogers, who was just called up from Triple-A Norfolk on Tuesday, was shelled as well. He relieved Straily, pitching 3.2 innings, but he allowed three home runs of his own. The young left-hander allowed five earned runs as well on the night. Rogers would be sent back down to Norfolk following his appearance on Wednesday night.

In addition to Baltimore's pitching night, they were no-hit into the top of the fifth inning -- where Trey Mancini hit a ball to right center field. Rio Ruiz also had his first home run of the season in the fifth, pulling the ball over the right field scoreboard to score Renato Nunez as well.

Baltimore has a chance to even out the series in a 12:35 p.m. day game on Thursday.

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